I know it’s a little late for a post like this, but I’ve wanted to post something like this for a while. I have a very blessed life, so the list of all things for which I am thankful (or should be thankful) could go on for pages. However, these past few months I’ve been especially thankful for some particular things. First, I am thankful that I own a dependable truck. Every time I drive up to Seattle, Portland, or down to California I am reminded how fortunate I am to own a vehicle that can go for hundreds of miles at a stretch. When I drove down to California for Thanksgiving I passed probably almost a dozen cars on the side of the road, and every time I was glad I didn’t have to go through that. And as long as I’m smart about gas (and I’m not always), it’ll stay that way. Second, I am thankful that I live in a country with an interstate system such as ours. Our well-developed and generally reliable infrastructure is amazing. The idea that I can get on one road that will take me all the way from the Canadian border to Seattle to Salem to Sacramento to L.A. to the Mexican border is amazing. And that road can be extended beyond our borders. So far I’ve traveled that highway as far north as Whistler, B.C. and as far south as the very southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. After my experiences down in deep Baja I am extra thankful for our wide and relatively drunk-free highways. Third, I am thankful for my friends and family. Even though I’m stuck down here in Salem all alone, it is good to know I have friends in Portland and Seattle (and even in California) that are available, fun, and dependable. They cut me a lot of slack, and I think that’s awfully swell of them. And of course, I could could fill some long, sappy pages full of stuff about my family, but I won’t. I’ll just say that my family is better than your family.